The Community Council is a statutory elected body which meets to consider issues of relevance to the whole community. It deals with planning applications, traffic and road safety, public amenities and matters brought to the Council's attention by residents. The Council represents the community in dealings with Stirling Council and the National Park authority. Meetings, which are open to the public, are normally held in the months of September, November, January, March and May with the Annual General Meeting held in June. The dates can be discretionary therefore if wishing to attend please contact a member of the Community Council in advance.
Community Council Committee:Janey Fleming - Chairperson
Ian Dinwoodie - Vice Chairperson
Gerry McGarvey - Secretary
Chris Sheldon - Treasurer
Janet Billett - Planning Representative
Romma Davidson-Kelly - Committee MemberWayne Glasse-Davies - Committee Member
Anne Jackson - Committee Member
The inaugural meeting of the new Community Council will be held on Wednesday 4th December at 8 pm in Gartmore Church Meeting Room.
News - come to our next meeting to find out more. Headings in red have been recently updated*
Bus Services. Stirling Council has published a new summary timetable following the withdrawal of the Sunday service. A printable booklet may be downloaded here and copies are available in the Village Shop.
There is no change to the Monday to Saturday services. Gartmore Community Council has been unsuccessful in its attempt to get improved connection times at Balfron due to Stirling Council's spending cuts.
Please contact the Community Council if you have any issues or concerns about current bus services.
Demand Responsive Transport (DRT). The Trossachs DRT service has been extended to Gartmore in the evenings (19.00 - 22.00 hours only). Although primarily to allow access to evening activities at McLaren High School, this service may be used to travel anywhere within Trossachs Area scheme (see map). Passengers from Gartmore wishing to use the service at other times will have to take the C11 service bus to Aberfoyle for onward connection with a pre-booked DRT service.
DRT bookings should be made 24 hours in advance, although every effort will be made to accommodate passengers booking on shorter notice. Passengers pay the equivalent cost of a bus fare and Scottish National Entitlement Cards are accepted. Leaflets with further information are available in the village shop.
New booking contact numbers have been issued as follows:
Crescent Cabs: 01877 382587
J Morgan Taxis: 01877 330496
W Miller Taxis: 01786 850639
Buchanan Cabs - 01877 385666
Leaflets are available in Gartmore Village Shop with further details.
Bin Collections. Due to industrial action, bin collections are being disrupted. Every household should have received a letter from Stirling Council advising that the collection of brown bins will stop on 20th September. Cardboard recycling facilities have been provided in Jellicoe Avenue. Free home compost bins are available from Stirling Council (details here).
Up-to-date information on collection delays is available from this link and further information on the effects of the industrial action is available here.
Planning Applications. Gartmore Community Council has received notice of the following planning applications - click on the reference number for further information:
2013/0001/DET Renewal of planning permission Ref. 2008/0302/DET for formation of 4 timber holiday chalets and associated vehicular and footpath accesses. Bridgend Woods Land NW Of Crinigart Gartmore
Broadband. Stirling Council has revised their expected high speed broadband coverage from the information published in their March 2013 Broadband Strategy. They now anticipated that over 93% of Stirling Council premises will receive high speed broadband by 2017.
The project will be delivered across Scotland by British Telecommunications plc and is being led by the Scottish Government, working with local authorities and Broadband Delivery UK. It will be early 2014 before roll out plans become clearer and whether Gartmore will be included in the scheme. If included, it is likely that fibre will laid to the cabinet in Gartmore. This would result in much improved speeds for the village, and the ability to get a broadband service via the phone line for the first time for most outlying properties. A few lines, such as those serving Crinigart, connect directly to the Aberfoyle exchange and it is not clear what improvements to their service might be expected.
Stirling Council has issued an update letter on broadband to all Community Councils and a copy may be downloaded here.
Further information will be published here as it becomes available and by occasional articles in the Gartmore News. Gartmore Community Council welcomes any comments, questions or feedback on broadband. Use the contact us tab on the village website, speak to any member of the Community Council or better still come to our next meeting.
Rural Youth Newsletter. Download the August edition here.
Stirling Council Community News Sheet. Download the September edition here.
Stirling City Centre Talks. Information on a series of talks organised by the Civic Trust may be downloaded here.
*Priority Based Budgeting. Stirling Council is running a series of public meetings about ways to save £15m over the next three years. Details are available here.
Click on the minutes below to view
AGM Minutes 20/6/2012
AGM Minutes 26/6/2013